We never found our star for the Christmas tree. It isn’t a particularly fancy star, just some wire with glitter, but it was our star. It is somewhere in the house. I have even seen it but I couldn’t find it this season. The tree was lovely anyway, but there was something missing. I found other stars but they weren’t the “right” ones so we didn’t put them on.

As we finish out the Christmas season and head into Epiphany we need to look for the “right” star, for the star that will guide us into the new year and beyond. The right star is one that will guide us through these difficult times, that shines in us and brings us comfort in the difficult times but also challenges us when we are too comfortable. As the Chicago journalist named Finley Peter Dunne wrote about the role of the newspaper in 1902 the task is to “comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.” The right star will do that for us. It will burn with us so that love shines through us bringing it to all those who need to see it, to feel it, to know it.

I hope you find that star, that Christ light, in ways that will change you and the world.